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The story of Jazz

Jazz has, from its early 20th century inception, spawned a variety of subgenres, from New Orleans Dixieland dating from the early 1910. Jazz and Blues are among America's greatest cultural achievements and exports to the world community giving powerful voice to the American experience.


Louis Armstrong - Dinah 1933

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Louis Armstrong - August 4, 1901 – July 6, 1971 - Coming to prominence in the 20s as an innovative cornet and trumpet virtuoso, Armstrong was a foundational influence on jazz and solo inprovisation. Steve Leggett describes Armstrong as "perhaps the most important American musician of the 20th century.


Les Paul

Les Paul - 1915 – 2009 was an American jazz and country guitarist, songwriter and inventor. He was a pioneer in the development of the solid-body electric guita. He is credited with many recording innovations, including overdubbing, delay effects such as tape delay, phasing effects, and multitrack recording.

His innovative talents extended into his playing style, including licks, trills, chording sequences, fretting techniques and timing, which set him apart from his contemporaries and inspired many of the guitarists of the present day.


Oscar Peterson & Count Basie - Slow Blues

Oscar Peterson - Born: August 15, 1925 Died: December 23, 2007 - Oscar sat atop the world of jazz piano for decades with his driving two-handed swing, technical wizardry and rapid-fire solos.

Count Basie - Born August 21, 1904 – April 26, 1984 was an American jazz pianist, organist, bandleader, and composer. Widely regarded as one of the most important jazz bandleaders of his time, Basie led his popular Count Basie Orchestra for almost 50 years.

Oscar Peterson - The Quartet Live - Joe Pass

Joe Pass (born Joseph Anthony Passalaqua, January 13, 1929, New Brunswick, New Jersey, U.S., died May 23, 1994, Los Angeles, California. His extensive use of walking basslines, melodic counterpoint during improvisation, and use of a chord-melody style of play opened up new possibilities for jazz guitar and had a profound influence on future guitarists.


Buddy Rich in the Dominican Republic 1982

Buddy's drive vision and extraordinary talent brings tears to many people's eyes that see this video clip.

Buddy Rich - September 30, 1917 – April 2, 1987 - Buddy was an American jazz drummer and bandleader. He was billed as "the world's greatest drummer. His talent for rhythm was first noted by his father, who saw that Buddy could keep a steady beat with spoons at the age of one. - www.buddyrich.com


So What by Miles Davis and John Coltrane

Miles Davis - May 26, 1926 – September 28, 1991 Davis was an American jazz trumpeter, bandleader, and composer. Widely considered one of the most influential musicians of the 20th century, Davis was at the forefront of almost every major development in jazz from World War II to the 1990s

John Coltrane - September 23, 1926 - July 17, 1967 One of the Greatest American jazz saxophonist and composer.


Singing The Blues - Billie Holiday

Billie Holiday - April 7, 1915 – July 17, 1959 was an American jazz singer and songwriter.

Nicknamed Lady Day by her sometime collaborator Lester Young, Holiday was a seminal influence on jazz and pop singing. Her vocal style and also popularized a more personal and intimate approach to singing. Critic John Bush wrote that she "changed the art of American pop vocals forever." Some of her own song were "God Bless the Child", "Don't Explain", and "Lady Sings the Blues".


Diana Krall - Tells Her Story

Diana Krall was born into a musical family in Nanaimo, British Columbia, Canada. She began learning the piano at the age of four. In high school, she started playing in a small jazz group. When she was 15 she started playing regularly in several Nanaimo restaurants. At age seventeen she won a scholarship from the Vancouver International Jazz Festival to study at the Berklee College of Music in Boston, and completed three terms.
www.dianakrall.com


Pat Metheny

Pat Metheny has been touring for more than 30 years, playinig sometimes up 240 concerts a year. Metheny has written over 400 pieces and continues to push musical limits in both his composition and performance.


Live In Switzerland


Minuano

One of the most successful and critically acclaimed jazz musicians to come to prominence in the 1970s and '80s, he approaches his music in a highly creative way and works on many side projects. www.patmetheny.com


Steve Goodman City of New Orleans

Steve Goodman (July 25, 1948 – September 20, 1984) was an American folk music singer-songwriter from Chicago, Illinois. www.stevegoodman.net

Seeing Arlo Guthrie in a bar, Goodman asked to be allowed to play a song for him. Guthrie grudgingly agreed on the condition that Goodman buy him a beer first; Goodman played "City of New Orleans" which Guthrie liked enough that he asked for the right to record it. Guthrie's version of the song became a hit in 1972, and provided Goodman with enough financial success to make his music a full-time career. The song would become an American standard, covered by many other musicians including Johnny Cash, Judy Collins, and Willie Nelson.

Around the time Goodman's career began to take off, he was diagnosed with leukemia. The entire time he was writing and singing, he was also fighting cancer.

What would life be like with death hanging over our heads? Most of us push the prospect aside until the end of our days. Not Steve Goodman. more info >>>


Randy Newman - Louisiana

Newman became a professional songwriter by the time he was seventeen. His first single as a performer was 1961's "Golden Gridiron Boy", released when he was eighteen. www.randynewman.com


Nanci Griffith - "Trouble in the Fields,"

Griffith's career has spanned for many years predominantly in country, Folk, and what she terms "folkabilly." Griffith won a Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Folk Album in 1994 for her recording, Other Voices, Other Rooms. This album features Griffith covering the songs of artists who are her major influences. www.nancigriffith.com


Joni Mitchell - Sex Kills

She has received nine regular Grammy Awards during her career, with the first coming in 1969 and the most recent in 2008. She received a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2002, with the citation describing her as "one of the most important female recording artists of the rock era" and "a powerful influence on all artists who embrace diversity, imagination and integrity." - http://jonimitchell.com


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